Do Other Professionals Skip Restroom Breaks And Meals? - page 8

I sometimes believe that inpatient bedside nursing is intertwined in a bizarre professional culture where the skipping of bathroom breaks and lunch periods is not only common, but occasionally... Read More

  1. Visit  KaeliF} profile page
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    I'm a brand new nurse, been on my own for three weeks after a 1 month orientation. Out of three weeks I've only had lunch two of those days and used the restroom once. For me, I'm still so focused on trying to get everything done that usually don't even notice that I haven't peed or eaten for 12 hours. I've just gotten used to it. Although I can definitely tell that I am thinking much less clearly by the end of my shift and I think that has to do with low blood sugar.
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  3. Visit  joanna73} profile page
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    You have labour laws in place for a reason. Breaks are supposed to be mandatory, not a privilege. That's exactly why burnout is so high in nursing. On a side (but related) note, in many countries, health care is universal, a right for citizens (ie: Canada, Australia, UK). While each system has their flaws, you have to wonder why the US economy is still in such terrible shape if the system is working. Clearly, something is flawed there.
    ArrowRN, Cold Stethoscope, Jessy_RN, and 4 others like this.
  4. Visit  Been there,done that} profile page
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    Quote from Flatlander
    I'm wondering if anyone on this forum is or has been employed in a Magnet Hospital. I hear they're supposed to be nurse-friendly. Anyone out there have experience in one of them? Is it any better? Do nurses feel empowered to effect change?
    Worked in two magnet hospitals ,, recently.

    They are the WORST . Review the Magnet criteria.
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  5. Visit  blondy2061h} profile page
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    I always use the bathroom when I need to. It takes 2 minutes, and we have a staff bathroom right on the unit. Sometimes I have to hold it for a bit, but I eventually go. I don't always get an uninterrupted 30 minute lunch break, but I can always at least choke down a sandwich while charting. My boss is okay with covered drinks at the nurses' station, so a bottle of pop or water is okay. We don't get a lunch break deducted from our pay, so that's nice and makes me less irritable about only having 10 minutes to eat before the aid comes to get me to tell me rm 7 needs something for pain.

    Everytime I see people doing road work in 100 degree temperatures with cars swerving past them at 70 mph I'm thankful for my job.
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  6. Visit  blondy2061h} profile page
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    Quote from Been there,done that
    Worked in two magnet hospitals ,, recently.

    They are the WORST . Review the Magnet criteria.
    I work in a magnet hospital and I think my conditions and our nurse/patient ratios are pretty good compared to most of what I read here.
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  7. Visit  ShinyRedGloss} profile page
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    I was high school teacher at a poorly organized urban school. I didn't know what food was. I exaggerate but I did average 1.5 meals a day. I lived on coffee and so did my most of the other teachers. Lunch was only 30 minutes <if you weren't busy> and you didn't get breaks. Hard to tell students sorry, I can't teach this lesson because I want to take a break. Of course, some have it better and I wasn't a teacher for long. I don't like living like that but I can adjust. I've learned a great deal of time management since (non work hours).
  8. Visit  GadgetRN71} profile page
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    Funny how both nursing and teaching(both female heavy professions) have workers who don't have time for lunch, to pee, and are encouraged to martyr themselves for the people they serve.
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  9. Visit  VictoriaGayle} profile page
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    I don't mind working through a lunch break so long as I am not docked 30 minutes for a break I didn't get. That drives me crazy For some reason administration thought if you worked evenings, you did not have an excuse to miss your lunch break, and if you didn't take it you chose to do so. We were actually told this. It was only acceptable to claim you missed your break if you worked day shift. The crazy thing is, I never missed a lunch break on day shift. The facility had 4 aids on days and 3 on evenings. I always got a full 30 minute break on day shift because of the way the schedule was set up and the extra aid.

    A week of being docked for breaks I didn't take means I am not being paid for 2.5 hours of work. If you stay over because someone is running late, you don't get paid over time because you have 37.5 hours instead of 40 hours.

    I alwaystook any chace I gotto go to the bathroom. I don't havethe best bladder control, and it kind of just hits me when I need to go. WHich sucks if your doing something like snacks where you are not allowed to leave the dining room for half an hour.
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  10. Visit  TheCommuter} profile page
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    Quote from GadgetRN71
    Funny how both nursing and teaching(both female heavy professions) have workers who don't have time for lunch, to pee, and are encouraged to martyr themselves for the people they serve.
    It is also no coincidence that the female-dominated professions (nursing, school teaching, social work, librarianship) tend to be lower-paying for the high level of accountability involved.
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